Pep Guardiola shows off his talent to knock down the “dark army”; Liverpool knocks black horse
Pep Guardiola’s decisive turn
Despite highly appreciating Pep Guardiola’s Man City, experts and fans still have certain faith in Atletico Madrid before the quarter-final first leg. Champions League. “Dark legion” under Diego Simeone’s hand has always proved particularly uncomfortable in the knock-out rounds with his famous counter-attack defense and cunning tricks.
The match on Etihad took place in accordance with the expected game. Man City pressed the field, dominated the ball and attacked continuously. Meanwhile, Atletico’s 5-3-2 formation dropped very low to protect the goal and compete for the ball extremely fiercely.
After a few minutes of stalemate, Pep Guardiola decided to change up to 3 players at once to enter the field in the 68th minute. And this adjustment took effect almost immediately.
In the 70th minute, substitute midfielder Phil Foden received the ball in front of the penalty area and had a delicate turn of the ball before hitting the slot. The nearest 4 Atletico players all tried to stop Foden but failed.
Phil Foden is a difference maker.
The ball found Kevin De Bruyne’s feet. In the position of facing the goalkeeper, the Belgian midfielder accurately shot into the far corner, opening the score.
Kevin De Bruyne celebrates a goal.
In the remaining minutes, Foden also sparked another dangerous attack situation. But unfortunately this time Kevin De Bruyne could not convert into a goal.
However, the 1-0 victory still brings satisfaction to Man City. If they continue to maintain good control and do not make personal mistakes, they can completely preserve the advantage in the second leg after 1 week to win a ticket to the semi-finals.
Pep Guardiola wins a mind match with Diego Simeone.
Result: Man City 1-0 Atletico Madrid
Man City: De Bruyne 70′
Man City: Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Stones, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Sterling
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Reinildo, Savic, Felipe, Renan Lodi, Vrsaljko, Kondogbia, Llorente, Koke, Griezmann, Felix
Liverpool beat the black horse
Benfica is a pleasant surprise to be present in the quarterfinals of the Champions League 2021/22. To enter this round, they defeated a series of big names like Barcelona or Ajax. However, Liverpool quickly dashed hopes for another surprise from Benfica.
Right on the away field, the Red Brigade deployed a strong attack and soon found the lead. In the 17th minute, Konate headed from a corner to open the scoring for Liverpool.
And it only took a similar amount of time, the army under Klopp doubled the gap. Luis Diaz assisted Mane to easily put the ball into an empty net before the helplessness of goalkeeper Benfica.
Liverpool is too strong for Benfica
Not giving up, the home team worked hard to attack and found a positive signal at the beginning of the second half. Nunez took advantage of Konate’s mistake to put a goal to shorten the score to 1-2.
But in the end, Benfica still had to leave the field with a difference of 2 goals. In the last minutes, Naby Keita poked a dangerous hole to let Luis Diaz escape past the goalkeeper and easily wrote his name on the electronic board.
Winning 3-1 at home, Liverpool are considered to have one foot in the semi-finals. Benfica will need a “miracle” to turn the situation around in the second leg at Anfield.
Klopp is very satisfied with the spirit of the players.
Result: Benfica 1-3 Liverpool
Benfica: Nunez 49′
Liverpool: Konate 17′, Mane 36′, Diaz 87′
Benfica: Vlachodimos, Grimaldo, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Gilberto, Everton, Taarabt, Weigl, Silva, Nunez, Ramos
Liverpool: Alisson, Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Mane, Diaz
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